Donald Trump is blaming former President Obama’s immigration policies for the formation of MS-13, a gang the FBI has been closely tracking since at least 2004.
“The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!” Trump tweeted Tuesday morning.
The weak illegal immigration policies of the Obama Admin. allowed bad MS 13 gangs to form in cities across U.S. We are removing them fast!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 18, 2017
In the early 2000s, the MS-13 gang, created by Salvadorans, was recognized by the FBI as an increasing threat. The FBI in 2004 formed the MS-13 National Gang Task Force to closely track the gang.
The gang was in at least 42 states by 2008, according to the FBI. Obama took office in 2009.
Twitter immediately responded:
@realDonaldTrump Dude….it's like Obama is an Ex you still secretly love…you just can't move on, can you?…let it go , Donny…It's time to be a man!
— Rob Roaring (@RobRoaring1) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump You realize that all this blaming your problems on Obama is getting very old?
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump And it's a weak man who always blames mistakes on others. It's your administration now. Any problems, real or imagined, are your own. Dummy.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) April 18, 2017
— Robert Maguire (@RobertMaguire_) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump he broke records for deportations, liar. and your monthly crime report has been shut down because of the lies. So, liar…
— Joel L. Watts (@eJoelWatts) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump I know it's super hard being president, Donny, but we aren't buying this shit. Just keep golfing at our expense, it's what you do best, cunt
— Diction (@EatMyDiction1) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump There are plenty gang members who are US citizens. How are you going to protect us against the Aryan Nation? You're just racist
— Jose Andrade (@jandrade) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Have you congratulated any other wanna be dictators in the last day besides like you did with the leader of Turkey?
— Roland Scahill (@rolandscahill) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump MS 13 has been around for DECADES, what does this have anything to do with Obama???
— Jules Suzdaltsev (@jules_su) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump But you told us BAD HOMBRES would be gone on DAY ONE. Is it more complicated?
— Erich McElroy (@erichmcelroy) April 18, 2017
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Again, WRONG! MS13 has been active in U.S. since the 80's moving across U.S. 90s early 2000's U like TV, watch Gangland, STOP blaming Obama
— TheMannSeñoraHombre (@TeriannMann) April 18, 2017
@realDonaldTrump MS-13 came here in 1980 and spread widely under President Reagan. You need to hire a fact checker,
— MentalHealthMatters (@mhmatters) April 18, 2017